Find out about our school’s adapted curriculum for pupils and students with additional complex needs and visual impairment at RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning, Coventry.
Our specialist school offers a highly personalised and multi-sensory approach to learning. We provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which is differentiated to meet needs of individual students.
Our curriculum takes into account the particular requirements of students who have to rely on senses other than vision. We believe that learning should be enjoyable and that the development of students will be best served where they are actively engaged in, and motivated by, their work.
Literacy, numeracy, music and PE are taught as stand-alone subjects. As young people grow older their curriculum adapts to prepare them for adulthood. This focuses on life skills, vocational studies and work experience. In turn, this encourages progression and allows a focus on age-appropriate activity and learning.
School enrichment activities include creative arts, dancing and theme days such as Chinese New Year. Regular charity events also offer opportunities for children and young people to contribute to the wider community and develop their understanding of issues faced by others.
Personal, social and health education (PSHE) deals with many real life issues young people will face as they grow up. It underpins much of the work undertaken in both our school and children's home and spreads across many areas of our curriculum.
Relationship and sex education is provided for all students. This includes issues connected with growing up, physical changes and relationships with other people. Careful and sensitive attention is given to the individual needs of the students in relation to levels of understanding and their need for access to teaching materials through sound and touch.
Parents have the right to withdraw students from these lessons by submitting a written request to the headteacher. However parents cannot withdraw their young person from the biological aspects of learning about reproductive systems and living things.
There are a number of ways in which we monitor and record student progress. One of these includes PIVATS (Performance Indicators for Value Added Target Setting) which helps us to assess achievement within the P-Level Scales so that we are able to monitor all areas of teaching and learning. This system enables targets to be set effectively for individual students.
Working within a specialist curriculum, students complete AQA (Assessment and Qualification Alliance) units at pre-entry and entry level which are nationally recognised.